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Chicken Legs with Ricotta and Bacon Stuffing

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“Chicken is every kitchen-staple and this recipe adds variety and flavour to cooking this popular meat. Deliciously served with assorted salads, mixed lettuce leaves or a mesculin mixture lightly coated with an extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sun dried tomato dressing. To complement, you may wish to prepare a drizzled herbed/olive oil and ricotta foccacia. Basic recipe from "Classic Essential Roasts, Hawthorne Press" and accompaniments from my own kitchen.”
READY IN:
1hr 25mins
SERVES:
6
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. TO MAKE THE STUFFING: Remove the rind from the bacon and chop finely.
  2. Fry in a dry pan until crisp.
  3. Remove cooked bacon and set aside.
  4. In the same pan, heat the oil and cook the onion and garlic until soft.
  5. Put the ricotta, egg, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, parsley, chives, tarragon, bacon, onion, garlic and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  6. Mix together, lightly, to combine ingredients.
  7. PREHEAT OVEN TO MODERATE- 350 degrees F (180C/Gas mark 4).
  8. Using your fingers, ease the skin away from the thigh and leg of the chicken, being careful not to pierce the skin.
  9. Gently push the stuffing mixture evenly under the skin.
  10. Draw the skin back over the stuffing.
  11. Place the chicken in a lightly oiled, shallow roasting pan.
  12. Brush chicken with the melted butter.
  13. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  14. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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